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Resources for Food
Whittier Union High School District
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Interfaith Food Center   Click here for more information.
Office Address: 11819 Burke Street, Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
Phone: 562-903-1478 
Drive-thru open: Mornings: Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays 8:30 am - 12:00 pm 
                           Evenings: Tuesdays 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
  • All participants must be a permanent resident of Whittier, La Mirada, or Santa Fe Springs.
  • Must present a California picture identification card/ license when participating in the drive-thru service.
  • There is currently no requirement to apply or show proof of income.
  • Families may receive food assistance once a week.
  • Participants must stay in their car with the window up, must show picture ID card through the car's window, and food will be loaded into the trunk of their vehicle.

    YMCA of Greater Whittier   Click here for more information
    Free meal services, for children 18 and under, at their Uptown Whittier location (12510 Hadley Street), Monday-Friday from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm and at the East Whittier location (15740 Starbuck Street) Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Each meal pick-up includes 2 breakfast meals and 2 lunch meals. At both locations, weekend meal kits are available and can be picked up during Friday’s distribution. This includes 3 breakfast meals and 3 lunch meals.

    City Reach Church Food Pantry
    7106 Sorensen Ave. Whittier CA 90606
    (562) 698-2564
    Sundays 11a.m.-1 p.m. (10 a.m. early access for elderly, pregnant women, and individuals with disabilities)
    Tuesdays 5 p.m.-7 p.m. (4 p.m. early access for elderly, pregnant women, and individuals with disabilities)
    Thursdays 5 p.m.-7 p.m. (4 p.m. early access for elderly, pregnant women, and individuals with disabilities)

    St. Mary’s Place Food Pantry  Click here for more information
    7215 Newlin Avenue, Whittier, CA. 90602
    (562) 698-0107
    Food distribution 2 Saturdays a month at 10 am- 12 p.m.. Please call for dates. No ID or documentation needed  Families will receive non-perishable food items.  No residency requirements.

    Salvation Army
    7926 Pickering Avenue, Whittier CA 90602
    (562) 698-8348
    Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Food boxes, hygiene kits, diapers, motel vouchers

    First Family Church Food Pantry
    8434 S. Greenleaf Avenue, Whittier CA 90602
    (562) 698-6737
    Food distribution on Saturdays 11 a.m.-1 p.m. No documentation needed.

    The Norwalk Social Services Center  Click here for more information
    11929 Alondra Blvd., Norwalk, CA 90650
    (562) 929-5544
    Emergency food pantry only available to Norwalk residents.
    Call to obtain information on how to receive food items.

    Pico Rivera Resource Center-Catholic Charities
    5014 Passons Blvd., Pico Rivera, CA 90660
    (562) 949-0937
    Food Pantry is open on Tuesday and Thursdays 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. -3 p.m.
    Documentation needed: ID if you are a resident of Pico Rivera.
    For non-residents of Pico Rivera: ID, proof of income, birth certificate and social security number for minor children, electricity and gas bill.

    Gus’ Pantry at the Gus Velasco Neighborhood Center
    9255 Pioneer Blvd. Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
    Food Pantry only available to residents of Santa Fe Springs. Call to obtain information on how to receive food items.

    Shepherd’s Pantry
    1418 Arrow Highway, Irwindale, CA 91706 Click here for more information
    (626) 305-0392
    13020 Francisquito Ave, Baldwin Park, CA 91706 Click here for more information
    (626) 671-0090
    Food distribution is through drive-thru. ID is needed showing you live in LA county. You may receive food items 2 times a month.

    LA Regional Food Bank
    Drive-Thru Food Distribution at Cerritos College
    11110 Alondra Blvd., Norwalk CA 90650
    Wednesday, April 29th from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
    Tuesday May 12th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Wednesday May 20th from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
    Location: Lot 10 - New Falcon Way Entrance (Only enter Lot 10 using New Falcon Way Entrance on Studebaker Rd.)
    Limited walk-up service available for those without cars. No parking will be allowed on campus. Those driving cannot leave their vehicles.
    Over 30 lbs. of food provided per household, while supplies last.
For information about Pandemic EBT, click here.

Housing Resources


Department of Public Social Services (DPSS)

DPSS has received additional funding to help families during the pandemic.

The CalWORKs Homeless Assistance Programs provide benefits to assist eligible families who are experiencing homelessness by offering temporary and permanent housing assistance. 

Temporary Homeless Assistance:

Helps families eligible or approved for CalWORKS to obtain up to 16 days of temporary housing.

Permanent Homeless Assistance:

Helps CalWORKS approved families secure permanent housing where the monthly rent does not exceed 80% of the family's total monthly household income. May provide up to two times the monthly rent to pay for security deposit costs and assistance with utility deposits.

How to access services:

  • For families accessing resources at the Family Solution Center (FSC), you can access services there.
  • For those who are NOT enrolled at the FSC, contact the DPSS Customer Service Center at (866) 613-3777. 


Federal Eviction Moratorium to be Extended to at Least March 31, 2021
On January 21, 2021 President Biden signed an Executive Order asking the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to extend the federal eviction moratorium to at least March 31, 2021.  This extends the order from September 1, 2020 that ended in December 2020. More information to come.


Federal Eviction Moratorium September - December 2020

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a temporary halt to residential eviction on September 1, 2020  to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.

If your family is at risk of being evicted, please find the Tenant Declaration Template below which may help you  prevent an eviction through the end of December 2020.

Tenant Declaration Template


El Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos (DSSH) y los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CCPE) emitieron una suspensión temporal del desalojo residencial el 1 de septiembre de 2020 para evitar una mayor propagación del COVID-19  Si su familia está en riesgo de ser desalojada, busque la Plantilla de declaración del inquilino a continuación, que puede ayudarle a prevenir un desalojo hasta fines de diciembre de 2020.

Plantilla de declaración de inquilino


Child Care Resources

For information about child care funding and resources for essential workers click here.


YMCA of Greater Whittier

Uptown Whittier Family Center
12510 Hadley St.
Whittier, CA 90601-3942
East Whittier Family Center
15740 Starbuck St.
Whittier, CA 90603-2322
Crystal Stairs, Inc.
Childcare for Essential Workers/ Cuidado de Niños Para Trabajadores Esenciales
Call/Llame: 323-421-2600
Website/ Sito Web:
PHONE: (562) 943-7241FAX: (562) 943-2572
PHONE: (562) 907-6530FAX: (562) 907-652
Resources Related to Unemployment

State of California Employment Development Department
Click here for more information
Unemployment benefits are available to those whose hours have been reduced or who have lost their job due to coronavirus measures (and it also applies to those who choose to stay home due to underlying health issues making them more vulnerable).
Paid family leave is available for those who stay home because they need to take care of someone who has contracted the virus (Covid-19) or who has been quarantined.
Disability benefits /paid sick leave are available for those who have actually contracted the virus themselves or who have been exposed to it and are quarantined.

LA County Business and Worker Disaster Help Center
Click here for more information
Information on supports for workers and businesses, including links to applying for unemployment benefits, benefits from the Department of Public Social Services (DPSS), as well as hotlines for information on paid sick leave and disability benefits.

Information on Worker’s rights and Benefits for Undocumented Individuals
Click here for more information
Los Derechos de Empleo del Trabajador Indocumentado

Public Assistance

LA County Department of Social Services
All DPSS offices are temporarily closed to the public until further notice; however, they are continuing to provide services through their website and call centers.
Customers can apply for the following benefits online through the Your Benefits Now website or by calling the DPSS Customer Service Center at (866) 613-3777. Click here to apply
CalFresh: Food benefit program for individuals and families
CalWORKS: Cash assistance program for families
Medi-Cal: Health benefits for individuals and families


Financial Assistance for Undocumented Adult Immigrants Affected by COVID-19

 The Disaster Reliev Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI) project is a one-time, state-funded disaster relief assistance for undocumented adult immigrants affected by COVID-19.  An undocumented adult who qualifies can receive $500 in direct assistance, with a maximum of $1000 per household.  You may start applying for assistance on May 18, 2020The application assistance line is 213-201-8700.  Click here for more information.


Programa de Asistencia Para Inmigrantes (DRAI)

El programa de Ayuda a Inmigrantes para Alivio de Desastres (DRAI, por sus siglas en inglés) es un programa de ayuda para adultos indocumentados afectados por COVID-19, financiada por el estado y proveída por sólo una vez. Un adulto indocumentado que califica puede recibir $500 dólares en asistencia directa, con un máximo de $1,000 dólares por hogar. Lanzamiento de linea de asistencia de aplicaciones Lunes, Mayo 18. Mas informacion se puede encontrar aqui.

Resources for Utility Assistance

Salvation Army
7926 Pickering Ave
Whittier CA 90602
(562) 698-8348
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Assistance available for utility bills.
Pico Rivera Resource Center-Catholic Charities
5014 Passons Blvd.
Pico Rivera, CA 90660
(562) 949-0937
Tuesday and Thursdays 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. -3 p.m.
Assistance available for utility bills
Southern California Edison
Click here for more information
1 (800) 950-2356
During this time SCE is not disconnecting due to nonpayment and is waiving late fees. You may be eligible for a discount on your monthly bill through the California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) or Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) programs. The Energy Assistance Fund provides up to $100 to eligible customers once a year.
Click here for help.
Southern California Gas Company
Click here for more information
1 (877) 238-0092
During this time SoCal Gas is not disconnecting due to nonpayment. If your household income has recently changed, you may now qualify for 20% off your natural gas bill with CARE program. If you're having difficulty paying your gas bill during the winter, the Gas Assistance Fund (GAF) may be able to provide you with a one-time grant for the amount of the gas bill, not to exceed $100.00. The Medical Baseline Allowance program provides additional natural gas at the lowest baseline rate for individuals with a serious health condition.
Click here for help.
Internet and Phone Service

Charter and Comcast will provide up to 60 days of free internet access for K-12 students. Visit one of the websites below to apply for free internet:
Charter 1-844-488-8395 Click here for more information
Comcast 1-855-846-8376 Click here for more information

Sprint --Enabling Smartphone for Wifi Access Click here for more information
T-Mobile and Metro offer unlimited data for smartphones and 20GB of mobile hotspot / tethering service for next 60 days.Click here for more information
Verizon increasing bandwidth caps
Click here for more information

Xfinity Wifi is free at public locations
Click here for more information